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Department of Health proposals that insurers should pay for treatment of work related accidents and ill-health are unworkable, the Construction Confederation (CC) warned this week. Under the plans, the National Health Service would recoup the cost of treating injuries and sickness sustained at work from employers' insurers. But the CC claimed the move will increase insurance premiums by £100£120 per worker every year, pushing many contractors into loss, and driving small firms and one man bands into the 'black' economy.

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